HC Deb 24 July 1946 vol 426 c17W
108. Mr. D. Grenfell

asked the President of the Board of Trade the position with regard to the building of new factories for the employment of men suspended from the mining industry through silicosis; and whether he will give details of the building programme with the localities and the dates on which work on the new factories is expected to be commenced.

Mr. Belcher

The Board of Trade is building nine factories of approximately 25,000 square feet each in accordance with the recommendations in the White Paper (Cmd. 6719). Building work on two factories at Llwyn-Lia was started on 12th July. Work on factories at Tumble and Bargoed started on 19th July. Work on factories at Ponthenry and Amman-ford is expected to begin in the first week in August. Tenders for two factories at Ferndale will be received by 30th July and work will be started a few days later. At Garnant, a right of entry upon the selected site has not yet been obtained; but it is hoped to gain this shortly and the building contract will then be let.